Why Millennials Are Leaving the Church

aloneWe love the church.  We love big churches and all three of us are even involved at some level in a mega-church.  When many of our readers  think “church,” they think about this gathering that Christians have on Sunday mornings.  When we think “church,” we think about the bro’s and sisters around the world that worship King Jesus as savior and Lord.  For those of you that truly read our blog posts, you can discerned our hearts well.  We have not set out to church-bash.

For those of you that only read the titles of our posts, you think that we like to cuss, drink beer, and compromise the integrity of the gospel.  You may be right about the first two, but on the contrary, we have only set out to truly depict who Jesus is and who the church is.  Jesus is the hero, savior and redeemer of all things.  The church is who He rescued, saved and redeemed.  Sure, we are declared righteous, but it is Jesus’ righteousness that He has given us; hence why Paul said that we have nothing else to boast in other than the cross (Galatians 6:14).

The message of the cross is the gospel, which is the good news that the church offers to the world.  This message hasn’t changed since Jesus ascended. Culture does change, however.  If Christians really care about the never-changing message of the gospel, we will also be inclined to deepen our understanding of culture and adapt the means of spreading the same gospel message that Jesus taught.  Here is a start.  Read the hundreds of comments in this former post by former professing Christians who currently do not even consider themselves people of faith.

Here is a dang good article that was featured on CNN that gives us insight into adults who were born after 1980 and why they are getting the hell out of church.  I sure do believe this article gives great insight into how we present the gospel to this group of people that I am older than by 3 years.

Read article right here.

Here are some quotes from the article if you are too lazy to read:

“…the evangelical obsession with sex can make Christian living seem like little more than sticking to a list of rules, and how millennials long for faith communities in which they are safe asking tough questions and wrestling with doubt.”

“Having been advertised to our whole lives, we millennials have highly sensitive BS meters, and we’re not easily impressed with consumerism or performances.”

“We want to be challenged to live lives of holiness, not only when it comes to sex, but also when it comes to living simply, caring for the poor and oppressed, pursuing reconciliation, engaging in creation care and becoming peacemakers.”

“You can’t hand us a latte and then go about business as usual and expect us to stick around. We’re not leaving the church because we don’t find the cool factor there; we’re leaving the church because we don’t find Jesus there.”

We salute Rachel Held Evans.  Great insight.  Thank you.

Here’s a book that you can purchase, written by Rachel:

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